Pitbulls have a bad reputation over the years. People stereotype them as aggressive and dangerous.
There are even states in America where BSL or breed-specific legislation is enforced and pit bulls are not allowed. Check the map here.
There are myths and stigma about pit bulls. These include the locking of the jaw when they bite, their bite force, dangerous even to their own guardians, and that they are not good with other breeds and other animals.
The negative reputation dates back to the time when they are used as fighting dogs. The media also plays a role in this negative stereotyping towards them.
This stigma affects their adoption rate in shelters, as people choose to adopt other dogs than them, which is the reason why they are left being euthanized.
One photographer was determined to fight against the stigma and change the perception of the public towards the pit bulls. She is Sophie Garmand, a U.S. based French photographer who created the series entitled “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution” which basically portrays the soft side of the pit bulls.
The series showed pit bulls with flower crowns, a display that seems like the opposite of their “evil” and “dangerous” looks. You can check her Instagram account here to see more of this series.
Here is the artist’s explanation of her artwork:
“Between 800,000 and 1 million pit bull-type dogs are euthanized in America every year. Around the world, they suffer similar prejudice. My art project became a strong voice for these dogs. And people got really vested in the project.”
“So now not only is my career in a great place, but I also have a strong following on social media, which allows me to adopt even more dogs out, and keep fighting the good fight for shelter dogs, pit bulls in particular.”
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